Interview with Erin Anastasia

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I consider writing to be a freeing form of emotion and expression. By writing, I have found this beautiful way of making people and myself feel something. When I write, nothing exists - just the feeling of each character and plot. I have now learned how to express myself - something in which I found difficult before.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A cup of tea.
(laughs)
But really, I just think of all the many books I need to read and write and all the more reasons why I should get up; which comes down to how can I make a positive difference in the world. If it means bringing a smile to a person because of a story I wrote, or encouraging another to read then that's always a good reason to wake up.
What is your writing process?
I listen to music that inspires the book, or to that specific character. It helps to get inside the mind of my character.
I need a quiet environment and I found that I'm most creative at night so I'm usually writing at all odd hours. And I drink lots of tea.
When did you first start writing?
At 18, though I did try at 16 and it was rough chapter, but it never saved when I typed it up so I thought why should I try again, maybe that was a sign not to. I guess I didn't listen because two years later... the rest is history.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Lost Oceans is my first official completed story, that I've just published. However I have a vague memory of being five years old and sitting at this wooden table, writing a short story inspired by the nursery rhyme, Jack and Jill.
Who are your favorite authors?
I don't think there's enough time for that list...
Amanda Hocking. Meg Cabot, Judy Blume, Sarah Dessen, Veronica Roth, J.K Rowling... so many more.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the first book I read. I wish I did, but I do remember the first teen book that really touched on something harder than the usual love/ drama plot. It was, Just Listen by Sarah Dessen. Also, a book called Shame, that was an emotional eye-opening to what women in different places endure. I've never been able to forget these stories.
What do your fans mean to you?
Having a supportive group when you're a writer, isn't something to take lightly. Readers are these beautiful souls who somehow decide that your story is one for them and ultimately creating this bond between yourself, a book, and a reader. Having that kind of a connection, knowing someone else sees what you see in your story and knowing that you have brought joy in the form of bound pages, makes all the difference.
Fans are the most incredible people because they share a love for your story that possibly rivals your own and that's just magic to me.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
It's not really where I grew up, but more who I grew up with that influenced my writing. I'm the third of four kids in my family. We've all got very different personalities and I'm the most introverted so growing up; the family would be doing things together and I would just be happy in my room, reading. I did feel a bit like the odd one out and and I didn't talk much so basically my feelings remained internalized so I feel now, my stories are emotional and descriptive because I take all that emotion and let it flow on paper.
How do you approach cover design?
I'm lucky enough to have a sister who is a graphic designer. So I usually know what I want my cover to look like and I'll explain it to her as best I can and she's most likely read the story so she can get a feel of it herself and so, she'll show me different styles to what I like and then we go from there...
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, or baking, I love to bake - it's something I do when I need to calm down and let my mind have a break. I also study, since I'm still a student.
What are you working on next?
I have started writing two new YA novels and quite a bit of short-versed poetry. So I'm thinking of releasing a poetry book, before my other stories. We'll see.
Published 2017-05-29.
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Books by This Author

Infinite Pauses
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,290. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2019. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Love, Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - general
a formation of words that appear in the middle of midnight or lazy daylight, these words know no hour, they form when and of what they want; love, sadness, oceans, earth, courage, faith and strength in no particular order
Lost Oceans
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 137,480. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Dive into the depths of mystery. Plunge into the shallows of secrets and drown deeply in love. Mia, awakens lost, with no memory, the only clue to her existence is the locket inscribed with her name. Elijah Sparks is intrigued and offers his home as her refuge - slowly gaining her trust. While he helps to search for clues of her life – he is adamant of keeping his own shadowed - he’s a sniper.